Learn how to handle and shoot a bow and arrow, and then go practice on the archery range. You may bring your own bow or use ours. All ages. Andy Dalton Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center near Springfield. September 8. 6–7:30 p.m. Call 417-742-4361 to register.
Tag and release live monarch butterflies, get free native milkweed plants, and learn how to help our monarch population. All ages. Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center in Kansas City. September 17. 9:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Call 816-759-7300 for more information.
Learn how to identify them, and learn which are venomous at Conservation Keepers: Snakes Alive! All ages. Northeast Regional Office in Kirksville. September 17. 1–2 p.m. Call 660-785-2420 for more information.
…and uncover the mysteries of Missouri’s secretive nighttime animals. All ages. Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center. October 7. 7–9 p.m. Call 573-290- 5218 to register beginning September 1Discover Nature at Owl-o-Ween, where you will meet three owls from Dickerson Park Zoo. Explore the myths and superstitions surrounding these mysterious birds. All ages. Twin Pines Conservation Education Center in Winona. October 27. 6–7 p.m. Reserve by October 2Call 573-325-1381.
The weather cools off, and there are more fun things than ever to see and do outside. Experience some of these natural events.
Find out about Discover Nature programs in your area at mdc.mo.gov/events.
The large io (eye-oh) moth (2–3½-inch wingspan) looks just like a leaf when it’s at rest. But disturbed, it parts its forewings to reveal a pair of large dark eyespots on the hind wings. Surrounded by strokes of red, these eyespots look like bad news to predators. Io moths prefer forests and wooded parks, but you might see them flying around porch lights in September.
Beautiful but secretive, this amphibian lives in damp forests throughout most of southern Missouri. During the day, it hides beneath rocks and logs. At night, it eats anything it can catch and swallow, including worms, spiders, insects, and slugs. It hibernates in winter. In the spring, it emerges and migrates to temporary pools, where it mates and lays eggs. Adult spotted salamanders can live up to 30 years.
Angie Daly Morfeld
Nichole LeClair Terrill